The people who get to dole out awards to architects each year are normally critics and panels of experts who know exactly what goes into designing a building. But what would normal people—or even the internet at large—choose?
Just like most awards programs, Architizer’s annual A+ Awards (which my colleague Alissa Walker covered earlier this week) uses a jury of experts to decide which buildings win. But it also asks the internet to vote on its favourites, awarding a special “popular choice” award to those buildings. Think of it as the Kid’s Choice Awards for architecture.
As you might expect, what the world likes doesn’t always match up with what architects and critics like. Check out a few of the more interesting favourites below.
Best Restaurant: Restaurant Steirereck by PPAG architects
Best Apartment: Ice & Snow Apartment by Penda Architects
Best Stadium: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors by FC Clubhouse Suh Architects
Best Museum: The Blue Planet Acquarium by 3XN
Best House (XL): Sambade House by spaceworkers
Best High-Rise Office: One World Trade Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Best Small House: Haffenden House by PARA-Project
Best Residential Interior: House in Sai Kung by Millimeter Interior Design
Best Church: Community Church Knarvik by Reiulf Ramstad Architects.
Best Library: James B. Hunt Jr. Library by Snøhetta /Clark Nexsen
Best Bridge: Tabiat Pedestrian bridge by Diba Tensile Architecture
Best Airport: San Francisco International Airport, Boarding Area E by Gensler